However, private owners do not receive title until they've kept the horse for at least a year, during which time the BLM is responsible for the animal's well-being. Also during this time the BLM is supposed to ensure that the owner is not planning to sell the horse for slaughter.
While the government can't prevent these horses from dying—many succumb prematurely to the rigors of the wild—it should not be facilitating their slaughter. The BLM should consider increasing the adoption fee to lessen the profit potential on selling horses for meat; a raise to, say, $600, along with more publicity of the program, would likely maintain the adoption rate. The BLM cares for 35,000 wild horses in 10 states and putting them up for adoption is a sensible way to mitigate the cost of tending them and, more important, to stabilize the population under the agency's watch. But it's clear that the program has gone astray.
The Pucks Stop Here
At age six, Laurie Belliveau of Manchester, Mass., quit figure skating and followed her brother, Justin, into hockey. Justin, a year and a half older than Laurie and clearly a practical sort, soon had his kid sister in goalie pads. "Justin always wanted someone to shoot on in the driveway," says Laurie. "We'd be out there for hours with me in the net and him firing away."
Justin gave up competitive hockey after high school; these days it's the women of the Eastern College Athletic Conference who rain pucks on Laurie, a junior at Yale who on Sunday wound up her third season in goal for the Elis—and who may occasionally yearn for the relative peace of that driveway. Playing for a team that has gone 9-64-3 since her arrival in New Haven, Belliveau has already shattered the Yale record for career saves. After stopping the puck 63 times in a season-ending 4-0 loss to Harvard on Sunday, she has 3,282 saves, for an amazing per-game average of 45.6. On Jan. 12 Belliveau stopped 78 of 85 shots in a loss to Dartmouth, matching her career high, which she set in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Providence her freshman season. Belliveau's stats were so impressive that she was named co-MVP of the Ivy League in her first two seasons, and she's in the running again.
"It's like I get a rush from it," says Belliveau, a psychology major, of the onslaught she faces every time she takes the ice. "It sure keeps me in the game."
Belliveau, who has attended Team USA development camps the past three summers and played on the U.S. select team in 1995, has a goal of her own: to make the U.S. team for the 1998 Olympics, the first at which women's hockey will be a medal sport. In the meantime she has other commitments. Five days after her last hockey game Belliveau was to fly to Honda with the Yale women's lacrosse team to prepare for the upcoming season. The sun will be nice after months on the ice, but what Belliveau is most eager for is the change of pace. On the lacrosse field she's an attacker, not a goalie. "I'm looking forward to giving some back," she says.
When Jeff Wallentine of Ellsworth, Wis., weighed in with a six-pound, nine-ounce northern pike at the Forest Lake ice-fishing competition in St. Paul last month, he was awarded the contest's grand prize, a pickup truck worth $22,000. Another Ellsworthian, Art Foster, won a $6,000 boat for the second-heaviest catch, a five-pound, 10-ounce northern.
But when contest organizers realized that Foster was Wallentine's stepfather and that the pair had driven together to the competition before finishing 1-2 among 7,000 anglers, they smelled something fishy. Wallentine, suspected of bringing in a ringer fish, was subjected to a polygraph test and, after failing, was stripped of his prize. Foster, who refused a polygraph, was also forced to forfeit his booty. But that was the least of his troubles. He had been convicted three times in four years for hunting and fishing violations, and when authorities got wind of the Forest Lake fiasco, Foster was brought to court and sentenced to 30 days in jail for violating a term of his probation: no fishing.